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Cardinals' top plays: Warner to Fitz

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This is one of three nominations for the most memorable play in team history. In the next two days we'll feature Karlos Dansby's fumble return for a touchdown in overtime of the wild-card game against Green Bay in the 2009 season and Tim Hightower's fourth-down run in the NFC Championship Game against Philadelphia in the 2008 season. Please vote for your choice as the Cardinals' most memorable play.

Score: Steelers 27, Cardinals 23

Date: Feb. 1, 2009 Site: Raymond James Stadium

Is there a better storybook ending than the star receiver outrunning the entire defense for a winning touchdown in the Super Bowl? Didn't think so.

For just about two minutes late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIII, it looked like the Cardinals had written the type of fairy tale every quarterback and wide receiver dream about. On second-and-10 from the Cardinals 36, Kurt Warner hit Larry Fitzgerald in stride down just before midfield. Fitz took care of the rest, outrunning the Steelers' defense for a touchdown with 2:47 left in the fourth quarter. That score gave Arizona a 23-20 lead and went down in NFL history.

Even though the Steelers stole Super Bowl glory from Arizona with less than a minute to go, that pass from Warner to Fitzgerald is one of the most memorable in team history because not only was it exciting, but it put the Cardinals on the cusp of entering an elite tier of teams. It gave a franchise hope for its first Super Bowl title in dramatic fashion. It solidified their place as a team that could compete for a world championship. For 2:02 the Cardinals were in position to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

While the pass didn't lead Arizona to a victory, it was still a defining moment in the franchise's history because of how close it brought the Cardinals to that win.